Semyon Varlamov to the Toronto Maple Leafs
Team: New York Islanders
Cap Hit: $5 Million until 2023
Contract: 16 Team No Trade List
The New York Islanders have been sitting on the goaltending tandem of both Semyon Varlamov and Ilya Sorokin for a couple season and now may be the perfect time to trade one of them.
Varlamov was brought into New York as the starter, but Sorokin seems to have taken the top spot this season after a phenomenal rookie season last year.
Either one would look great in a Toronto Maple Leafs uniform, but the Islanders are more likely to move Varlamov since Sorokin in younger, cheaper, has more term and has put up slightly better stats this season.
The New York Islanders are way out of the playoff picture and with Varlamov’s age and only one year left on his contract, the time to trade him is now.
Semyon Varlamov has looked way better than Mrazek this season and could take the number one job from Jack Campbell if Campbell struggles to return to form.
He’s a proven playoff performer with 60 games of playoff experience including back-to-back trips to the Conference Finals only losing two close battles in series against the eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
I would’ve put him higher on this list if it wasn’t for the remaining year on his $5 million contract. It could work, but the Leafs would have to do some work to make him fit both this season and next season especially if they intend to offer Jack Campbell an extension.
To bring in Semyon Varlamov, the Toronto Maple Leafs would have to move a goaltender in another deal. Most likely Petr Mrazek, but it could be Jack Campbell if he continues to slump and they don’t intend on renewing his contract.